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Privacy rights group Privacy International says it has obtained evidence for the first time that UK spy agencies are collecting social media information on potentially millions of people.It has also obtained letters it says show the intelligence agencies’ oversight body had not been informed that UK intelligence agencies had shared bulk databases of personal data with foreign governments, law enforcement and industry — raising concerns about effective oversight of the mass surveillance programs.(The group also has various other active legal challenges, including to state hacking).It says now that the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO) oversight body “sought immediate inspection when secret practices came to light” as a result of its litigation.The use by UK spooks of so-called bulk personal datasets (BPDs) — aka massive databases of personal information — was only publicly revealed in March 2015, via an Intelligence and Security Committee report, which also raised various concerns about their use.Although the report revealed the existence of BPDs it was heavily redacted — for example scrubbing info on exactly how many BPDs are held by the different agencies.
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An Apple smartwatch application helped save the life of a US man who was later diagnosed with a life-threatening blood clot by warning him about a rise in heart rate.James Green, a 28-year-old podcaster and former MTV employee living in New York, first described his ordeal on Twitter, saying that a health-monitoring application called "HeartWatch" alerted him to the fact his heart rate had spiked significantly.He tweeted: "Never thought a stupid lil wrist computer I bought 2 years ago would save my life.Never thought a stupid lil wrist computer I bought 2 years ago would save my life.Saw my rate go up, ended up being a pulmonary embolism."The application measures and captures personal health data via the smartwatch's sensors.
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Interview Grant Shapps seems far from crestfallen after his disastrous attempt to lead a coup against Prime Minister Theresa May.He bounces into his office 50 minutes late, having been waylaid by two Parliamentary votes, to discuss broadband research under his remit as chairman of the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), a body he set up last year."I'm so sorry, I've completely screwed up your day.Let's try and be quick and I'll make them late," he says, smiling.Heading up BIG is one of the many roles the former Conservative chairman has been involved in since his time in politics, although possibly the least prominent since his fall from grace within the party.As well as serving as housing minister and holding a ministerial post in the Department for International Development (before resigning amid the so-called Tatler Tory bullying scandal), Shapps was exposed as having continued to work as "multimillion-dollar web marketer" under the pseudonyms Michael Green and Sebastian Fox after becoming an MP.
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Barracuda has posted yet another year-on-year revenue rise with yet another small profit.For the three months to August 31 this yeae, its second fiscal 2018 quarter, the California-based outfit recorded revenues of $94.3m, up seven per cent from last years's $87.9mn and just $100,000 more than the previous quarter's $94.2m.GAAP net income was $1.6m, down 33 per cent from the year-ago $2.4m and the previous quarter's $2.1m.Subscription revenue grew to $76.0m, up 14 per cent from $66.9mn a year ago, representing 81 per cent of total revenue, and appliance revenue was $18.3m, compared with $21m in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.President and chief exec BJ Jenkins said, on revealing the figures this week: "Excluding non-core billings, we have generated four consecutive quarters of double-digit billings growth.We believe we have the right strategy in place, are focused on the right areas of the market, and provide innovative security solutions that are affordable and consumable in the form that is best suited for our customers' needs."
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Set yourself free from wires and cords with Bluetooth 4.1 and CVC Noise Cancellation 6.0 technology with these sweatproof sport earbuds from ToaTronics.Pair in a few seconds with your smartphone, tablet, or music player, and let your favorite music and podcasts drive you forward.With wireless audio range of 33 ft, you can roam around the house with uncompromised sound quality.aptX proprietary audio compression technology increases the Bluetooth data transmission rate so you can enjoy the purest high-fidelity music and sound.Weighting only 0.6 oz and coming with interchangeable ear buds and hooks, the headset will stay comfortable on your ears even when you are moving around.And with 5 hours of play time and sweat-proof design, you can take it for a good work out, knowing the headset will remain stable as you sweat it out.
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Improving the nutritional content of the world's largest commodity crop could have a major impact on agriculture.Scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey and China’s Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences have come up with a way to improve the nutritional value of corn using smart gene-editing technology.By adding a single E. coli gene, the corn grows with an essential amino acid that is otherwise available in meat only.The resulting foodstuff could help transform nutrition for people in developing countries, and dramatically reduce worldwide animal feed costs.The amino acid, methionine, is crucial for things like growth and tissue repair, while the sulfur found in methionine also protects cells from pollutants and slows the cells’ aging process.“What is [limited] in arable land has to be added as chemicals,” Dr. Joachim Messing, the study’s senior author, told Digital Trends.
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Short-form podcast app 60dB will be shutting down next month and its team will be joining Google in an apparent acqui-hire.“Today, we’re announcing we’ll be shutting down 60dB on Friday, November 10th, and we’ll be joining the team at Google,” a Medium post signed by the 60dB co-founders read.“As we considered next steps for 60dB, we came to the conclusion that to accomplish our goals we’d be better positioned if we joined someone with scale who shared our vision for what was possible with digital audio.” The note was first spotted by Business Insider.Tiny Garage Labs, which created the app, launched its podcast platform for iOS, Android, Alexa and the web last year, allowing users to access personalized short-form audio pieces inside the app.The team said it worked with more than 80 media institutions to produce “hundreds of audio stories in the past year.”Google confirmed the deal to TechCrunch, with a spokesperson noting that it was not a formal acquisition, rather the company had “purchased some assets” and that members of the team would be joining Google.
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There is a sobering thought from telecoms giant Ericsson: “Technology will never move as slowly as it does today”.Talk to social workers who look after the homeless and drug addicted and you’ll learn that even those who have nothing, have a mobile phone.It doesn’t help that many of the devices designed for older people are labelled “simple” with the negative connotation that the word might have when you think of a person being simple.I collect typewriters and took my 1930s Imperial over to my mother so that she could teach me how to set the tab stops and margins.What older people need is technology they feel comfortable with.Indeed someone used to a mechanical world will press harder on a screen when an icon fails to react because they are used to having to force metal contacts together to make a connection.
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We’ve long known, at least according to rumors and speculations that there would be a foldable phone from ZTE named ZTE Axon M or ZTE Multy.Now whatever we knew about the said device from rumor mill has been pretty much given more credence by the FCC.A ZTE phone with the model number (Z999) has gone through the FCC.From the diagram, it is pretty much obvious the device in question is a foldable phone.The FCC listing, as well as documentations, accompanying the device doesn’t reveal much about the device, it did reveal the device will be announced as ZTE Axon M, will run on Android v7.1.2, Nougat and will be exclusive to AT at least in the US.As we already know, the highlights of the phone will be its foldable design, featuring dual displays such that it will have a screen both on its front and its back when folded.
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(Reuters) — Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit Waymo and several groups are launching a campaign aimed at convincing skeptical Americans of what they say is the value and safety of driverless cars, as Congress considers how it will regulate the technology.The company said on Monday that it was teaming up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Safety Council, and the Federation for Blind Children in a campaign called “Let’s Talk Self-Driving.”The campaign says that self-driving cars could help eliminate most alcohol-related crash deaths and allow the blind broader access to personal transportation.The country is wrangling with how to regulate the rapidly growing technology, with critics arguing that Congress is moving too fast and not ensuring enough safeguards.Waymo, which began as the Google self-driving car project, said the campaign will begin on Monday in Arizona, where the company is testing self-driving cars.It is set to include digital ads, outdoor billboards, fuel pump advertising and radio spots.
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Mechanical keyboards are the best choice for the users who want the more precise and overall better feeling so no matter if you are a gamer or a writer you should consider getting one.The only downside is the significantly higher price compared to the cheap membrane ones, but with cheaper chinese ones like the Ajazz models we bring today it’s really not that bad.First piece we want to present today is the more compact Ajazz AK33 model, which has a compressed 82 keys layout with missing numeric block and the arrows fitted in the main block too.It uses switches roughly similar to the popular Cherry MX Black/Blue, anti-ghosting keys, N-key rollover and has the normal wired connection through a micro USB cable.There are two variants on sale, the white with blue backlight and Blue switches for $35.99/€32.20 or the black with RGB customizable backlight and Black switches for $46.79/€41.86.For those who prefer the more standard 104 key layout there is the Ajazz AK50 model with metal base, transparent PVC switches once again similar to the Cherry MX Black, anti-ghosting, N-key rollover and much better braided USB cable.
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Ruotsalaisyhtiö Ericsson aikoo vähentää Suomesta korkeintaan 80 työntekijää eli jopa kymmenesosan koko Suomen työvoimastaan.Suunnitellut vähennykset ovat osa mobiiliverkkoteknologiaan keskittyneen Ericssonin aiemmin ilmoittamia kustannussäästöjä.Kokonaisuutena yhtiö pyrkii 10 miljardin kruunun eli noin miljardin euron säästöihin ensi vuoden puoleenväliin mennessä.Vähennysten ohessa Ericsson uudelleenorganisoi toimintaansa laajasti.Neuvottelujen aikana irtisanomisuhan alla oleville pyritään löytämään töitä talon sisältä, Ericsson kertoo.Suunnitellut toimenpiteet tukevat myös toisen kvartaalin tulosjulkistuksen yhteydessä ilmoitettuja tehostettuja säästösuunnitelmia sen varmistamiseksi, että käyttökatteen tuplaus vuoden 2016 tasosta saavutetaan vuoden 2018 jälkeen, yhtiö kertoo.
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At TechCrunch Disrupt SF last month, themes around diversifying the tech industry emerged in both in panels explicitly about those challenges and in unexpected places too.We’ve collected some of the highlights, pulling together the collective wisdom of a number of our on-stage founders and figures to tackle tech’s thorniest culture issues.
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The phrase ‘the devil is in the details’ certainly applies when it comes to VPNs, and you should pay extra attention to any small print – the latter often not being located on the main web page, but rather, it can be buried in other parts of the site.We’ve also debunked 6 common myths concerning VPNsAlways research a VPN provider as thoroughly as you can, and remember that there are some common issues you should be particularly aware of.Those potential pitfalls are what we’re going to highlight in this article.Just about every paid VPN service includes unlimited bandwidth for the month – you’re not restricted on this front.Most users these days will have a smartphone, tablet and PC, and some households with multiple family members could easily exceed a dozen devices between them.
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The theft, which hasn’t been disclosed, is considered by experts to be one of the most significant security breaches in recent years.It offers a rare glimpse into how the intelligence community thinks Russian intelligence exploits a widely available commercial software product to spy on the U.S.The stolen material included details about how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks, the computer code it uses for such spying and how it defends networks inside the U.S., these people said.The breach is the first known incident in which Kaspersky software is believed to have been exploited by Russian hackers to conduct espionage against the U.S. government.But he criticized the U.S. government’s decision to ban the software from use by U.S. agencies as “undermining the competitive positions of Russian companies on the world arena.”Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D., N.H.) on Thursday asked the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold hearings on the issue.
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Just four months after debuting its cheaper prepaid plans, Verizon has expanded upon the offering this week with the introduction of the Prepaid Family Account.The prepaid plans will stay the same, but going forward, customers will be able to add up to four additional lines to their prepaid accounts and receive a discount on every added line.The prices of the prepaid family plans start the same as the individual plans: $40 for 3GB, $50 for 7GB, $60 for 10GB and $80 for unlimited data.But on a family plan, every line added will receive a discount.Lines 2 through 5 on a 3GB will get $10, dropping the price to $30, 7GB additional lines will get $15, and both 10GB and unlimited plans will pay $20 less per line, which amounts to a maximum savings of up to $80 for 5 lines on a unlimited plan.While the discounts are nice, the best thing about the new Prepaid Family Account is that everyone on the plan will have their own data allotment, rather than the shared bucket that standard family plans feature.
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This reveals karriärrådgivaren the tricks of the trade that gets you called to interview.They believe that there is a chronological alignment of all their employment and training programs, but it is not.If you just circle up everything one has ever done so leaving it open for the employer to guess what you can, and how good you are at your job, " says Monica Renstig.it is important that you stand out from the crowd and shows how well you fit for the service.When the recruiters go through perhaps a hundred applications, it is necessary that your CV is selling.– You should write down all their workplaces, for example, under the last three years.
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Google's first crack at wireless earbuds, the Google Pixel Buds, offer some intriguing features, including real-time translation of up to 40 languages.Following the release of its successful smart speaker, Google Home, Google has been digging increasingly deeper into the hardware space.At an event in San Francisco, the tech giant today unveiled several new products, including it new Pixel 2 phones, and a brand new pair of wireless earbuds called the Pixel Buds.The new headphones feature a tethered wireless design, rather than a fully wireless design like Apple’s Airpods, looping a thin cable that connects the two rather bulbous earbuds.In addition to passing sound between the left and right earphones, the cable features a small loop of wire designed to help keep each of the earphones securely in your ears.Like the Pixel 2 phones, they will be available in “clearly white”, “kinda blue”, and “just black.”
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The biggest hack of all time just got a whole lot bigger.In the summer of 2016, we saw a spate of hacks of celebrities and high-profile figures on Twitter — everyone from Drake to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got hit.Twitter itself wasn't hacked, but it looks as if the victims reused passwords on services that were, like LinkedIn and Tumblr.And while you're at it, you should review those other accounts for suspicious activity — especially if they have access to your credit card or financial information.Of course, passwords — especially strong ones — are a pain to remember.And that's why security experts recommend you use a password manager app to store them.
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Airbus will revolutionize intracity mobility if it manages to turn the futuristic CityAirbus into a reality.Our skies could become a lot more crowded in the coming years to reduce traffic jams on the ground.Aircraft manufacturer Airbus successfully tested the propulsion system of a small, city-friendly quadcopter named CityAirbus it plans on bringing to production in the not-too-distant future.The CityAirbus quadcopter is similar to the Pop.Up unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show, but it’s much simpler in design because it ditches the three-module configuration.It instead takes the form of a small, futuristic-looking helicopter developed exclusively for short-range air travel.It’s capable of taking off and landing vertically, whisking up to four passengers (including the pilot) right over traffic jams to important public destinations like trains stations and airports.
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